What: The Women in Engineering Program in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin will host more than 8,000 children, parents and educators from cities across the state for its 16th annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and Girl Day STEM Festival. When: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Cockrell School of Engineering Complex at UT Austin (map)
Tricia Berry, Director of the Cockrell School’s Women in Engineering Program
Grace Anconetani, current UT Austin electrical engineering student and former Girl Day attendee
Background: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and Girl Day STEM Festival is a daylong event filled with activities that help spark creativity, inspire future careers and show how engineers and scientists can change the world. Elementary and middle school students will engage in 150 activities and hands-on educational experiences, from designing a balloon-powered car to watching physics and chemistry in action.
Thanks to more than 1,300 volunteers from UT Austin, nonprofit organizations and local businesses, Girl Day has grown to become the largest event of its kind in the country. Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is presented by Halliburton and the Girl Day STEM Festival is presented by Texas Instruments. View the full list of partner organizations at girlday.utexas.edu/partners.
Girl Day By the Numbers:
6,400 — Kindergarten through 8th grade students registered for Girl Day 2017
150 — Activities throughout the day
7,200 — Inches of rainbow electrical tape to create LED butterflies
12,000 — Straws to create sustainable pinwheels
1,950 — Toy animals to save by constructing parachutes